Literature Survey (Facebook)


This is one of those (many) surveys floating around on Facebook, but this one isn’t quite as onerous or vacuous as most of the others I’ve seen, so I don’t mind filling it out. Since my posts here are cross-linked with my Facebook profile, I figured it would make sense to write it here, and let Facebook do the dirty work of importing it into my profile. Efficient, right? Ain’t I clever?

Survey follows:

Literature survey:

[Note: I’m removing the silly instruction list that comes with the Facebook survey; I don’t much care if anyone else fills out this survey after I do]

01: What author do you own the most books by?
Robert Heinlein

02: What book do you own the most copies of?
No individual book, but I do own multiple copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence in multiple formats.

03: Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
Not in this case; the alternative grammatical construct necessary to remove the trailing prepositions would have been so contorted and clumsy that the trailing preposition is the lesser of two evils.

04: What fictional character are you secretly in love with?

05: What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (3x); I also refer to the various chapters of The Federalist Papers often.

06: What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Don’t remember, but I suspect something by Dr. Seuss.

07: What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year?
The Other End of Time, by Frederick Pohl. 

08: What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
Tie between The Federalist Papers by Madison, Hamilton, & Jay, and Paradise Lost by John Milton.

09: If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
Moby Dick

10: Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
No idea. I don’t keep up with modern writers much, anyways. 

11: What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Encyclopedia Britannica

12: What book would you least like to see made into a movie?

13: Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I don’t remember my dreams.

14″ What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult?
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It was horrible.

15: What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
Tie between Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, and A Brief History of Time.

16: What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen?
Never seen one.

17: Do you prefer the French or the Russians?

18: Roth or Updike?
I don’t recognize either of these authors, so I have no idea.

19: David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
See answer to question 18.

20: Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
All three.

21: Austen or Eliot?
I’ve only read one book by Austen, and none by Eliot, so I can’t answer this question.

22: What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Walk into any bookstore and look around; about 90% of whats available, I haven’t read.

23: What is your favorite novel?
Tie between The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Starship Troopers, both by Robert Heinlein. 

24: Play?
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

25: Poem?
Tie between The Illiad & The Odyssey by Homer, and Paradise Lost by John Milton.

26; Essay?
Politics and the English Language & The Principles of Newspeak, both by George Orwell.

27: Short story?
Tie between The Last Question & Nightfall, both by Isaac Asimov

28: Work of nonfiction?
The Federalist Papers, by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay.

29: Who is your favorite writer?
Robert Heinlein & Jerry Pournelle (SF); Victor Hugo (19C Literature); Friedrich Nietzsche (Existentialism); Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Jean Jacques Rousseau, & Niccolo Machiavelli (Political Theory); John Milton & Dante Alghieri (Poetry) 

30: Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Probably all of them.

31: What is your desert island book?
Green Eggs & Ham

32: And… what are you reading right now?
The Comunist Manifesto, Marx & Engels; A Discourse on Inequality, Jean Jacques Rousseau; Beyond This Horizon, Robert Heinlein


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